Even with fields still covered in snow, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) already has over 30 projects totalling 4,500 acres planned for the 2011 growing season in Manitoba.
This is up from last year’s numbers, and CFGB is still looking for more acres and volunteers.
“We’ll be working on getting more acres right up to seeding time,” said Harold Penner regional co-ordinator for CFGB. Penner adds that there is no minimum size needed for a project. “It just depends on what a community or a farmer would like to do. The smallest we’ve had in Manitoba in recent years is 14 acres around two non-farmers’ acreages. A neighbouring farmer did the work.”
Last year the CFGB raised $10.5 million, including cash and grain, from Canadians with just over $2 million of that coming from Manitoba.